What is the plan?
B&NES Council is developing an exciting new allotment space with 23 plots at Fairfield Park Road.
B&NES Parks’ Team has worked extensively with local residents to develop a design, and set of rules, for the new allotment which will provide the best possible growing spaces whilst also limiting the impact of the scheme on wildlife and local residents.
Allotment plots will be protected from deer by high fencing and screened from neighbouring residences by a native hedgerow.
Most of the existing site will continue to be managed as woodland and open grassland. There will be no public access and we hope to enhance biodiversity by grazing parts of the site and creating a pond in wetter areas.
What will the landscape of the site look like when work is finished?
The attached plan (see bottom right) shows a simple outline diagram with details of how the site will be laid out.
When will the work be completed?
We plan to start work on site at the end of September 2017 and to complete work by Christmas 2017, with allotment plots ready for the new year. The construction work will involve constructing a new tarmac access road and turning circle at the bottom of the ramp, a double bay compound for leaves and composts and a fenced allotment area with woodchip access paths. There will be a 5m gap between allotments and the fences of neighbouring properties and this will be planted with a mixed species native hedgerow to provide some screening.
There will be some noise from the construction work but we will try our best to limit the hours when disruption will be caused.
How can I get an allotment plot at Fairfield Valley?
Contact the allotments office either by email email@example.com; or phone 01225 394041
Will the new allotment have an impact upon wildlife?
We have undertaken extensive ecological surveys at Fairfield Valley - which identified areas and species which need protection from disturbance. We have designed the scheme to exclude these areas from the allotments and we are working closely with ecologist - through the construction period - to ensure that the work does not harm the protected species that use the site.
Why is B&NES creating an allotment at the Fairfield Valley site?
The council has a legal responsibility to deliver allotments At Fairfield Valley through a legally binding section 106 agreement relating to the development of Southbourne Gardens Allotments.
Any updates to the scheme will be posted here, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01225 39 40 41
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